1. 'My Entire Life, I've Been the Black Sheep in My Family': Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds on the Story Behind the Hit Single 'I Bet My Life'

    December 09, 2014 5:26 PM EST Billboard caught up with Imagine Dragons ' Dan Reynolds to talk about the band's latest single, "I Bet My Life." Inspired by Reynolds' relationship with his parents, the song started in a hotel room before climbing to No. 56 on the Hot 100 . So your last album broke…

  2. Jake Owen Is More Than the 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' Guy -- Not That He's Complaining

    December 09, 2014 5:07 PM EST The new single from RCA recording artist Jake Owen might take a few listeners by surprise. The sensitive "What We Ain't Got" definitely sticks out from anything on country radio these days and also sets itself apart from Owen's usual fare. The same could be said for the…

  3. Vance Joy's ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Obsession and More Insider Scoop

    December 09, 2014 4:49 PM EST Vance Joy’s Buffy Love Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy , whose catchy “Riptide” peaked at No. 29 on the Nov. 29 Hot 100 chart, and who will be touring with Taylor Swift  in 2015, let Overheard in on one of his secret pleasures: He’s a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. “It’s a pretty…

  4. Jay Z Has Lawsuit Over One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    December 09, 2014 4:35 PM EST When it comes to unlicensed samples, New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan has limits. On Monday, he dismissed TufAmerica's lawsuit claiming that Jay Z and his record companies violated copyright by sampling an "oh" on the song "Run This Town," released on the album…

  5. Watch Beast Reflect on Exciting 2014, Lessons Learned on 5-Year Anniversary

    December 09, 2014 4:27 PM EST Celebrating five years together, Beast remains one of the most consistent male acts in K-pop today. The band has earned an entry on Billboard 's annual Best K-Pop Song list in both 2012 and 2013 and this year came back with two more dynamic tracks this year via "Good Luck"…

  6. 9 Albums That Flopped in 2014 (Or Did They?)

    December 09, 2014 4:11 PM EST Numbers don't lie -- but that doesn't mean they can't be misleading. With the end of 2014 upon us, we're looking back at nine albums that fall into the flop category (even when you consider that overall album sales are down). See All Our Year-End Charts! Or do…

  7. Hear Charli XCX's New Album 'Sucker' a Week Early

    December 09, 2014 3:55 PM EST Don't hand in those year-end lists just yet -- there's at least one more great album coming this year, and it's from Charli XCX . Sucker -- featuring the hit "Boom Clap" and a bunch of others that sound like hits -- is now streaming via iTunes in advance of its…

  8. U Can Touch This: MC Hammer, Silicon Valley Darling, Promotes New Album With Twitter Love

    December 09, 2014 3:50 PM EST You may not have realized that MC Hammer was but a follow away. The life of MC Hammer is a fascinating pop-culture saga, and the twists just keep on coming. His meteoric rise up the charts in the early 90s and the financial troubles resulting from his subsequent drop-off in sales are…

  9. Watch YouTube's 2014 Rewind Video, With Music From DJ Earworm

    December 09, 2014 3:32 PM EST It's December, which means the internet is full of year-end lists. YouTube does their yearly recap a little differently, putting together an annual video "in celebration of the people, memes and moments that made up an epic year." They released their annual YouTube Rewind on…

  10. 2014 Indie Rock Playlist for Pop Fans: 15 Songs That Could Have Cracked Top 40

    December 09, 2014 3:30 PM EST Check out tunes from Tune-Yards, the Drums, Hundred Waters and others that even the staunchest pop fan would embrace. December is always a time for pop fans to feel particularly trepidatious, as the final month of the calendar year doubles as year-end list season — better known as a…

  11. Grooveshark to Launch New, Legit Internet Radio App Broadcasts in January

    December 09, 2014 2:54 PM EST Labels' least-favorite digital music concern launches a new, above-board radio service. Grooveshark has spent years fighting major record labels and music publishers. Now the Florida-based streaming service is taking a different tact: a DMCA-compliant Internet radio service called…

  12. Bop.fm, Music Streaming Aggregator, Launches Its Mobile App

    December 09, 2014 2:29 PM EST When Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz writes a blog post , he almost always starts by quoting a rap song and embedding the track into the post with Bop.fm. When I click the audio player, it plays me the song from the best available source. Track isn’t on Youtube? I don’t have a Spotify…

  13. Hologram Paul McCartney Enters Video Game World in Terrible New Video

    December 09, 2014 2:15 PM EST You may have heard that Paul McCartney recorded a new song, "Hope for the Future," for the online first-person shooter game Destiny . You may have listened to it and gone, "Well, not great, but he's done worse." But if you haven't seen the video, you have to…

  14. Live Nation Unveils New North Texas Venue The Pavilion

    December 09, 2014 2:03 PM EST The venue is planned to open in 2016. Live Nation Entertainment will open a new concert venue in Irving, Texas, in the spring of 2016, as part of the city's new Music Factory retail/entertainment/dining project near Dallas.   The Pavilion at the Music Factory will be owned, operated,…

  15. Former A&M/Octone Execs Launch Hybrid Company Freesolo; Gavin DeGraw, Hunter Hunted Among First Signings

    December 09, 2014 1:37 PM EST Just over a year ago, James Diener found himself at a crossroads common to many record-label executives who've essentially "cashed out" of the music industry. A&M/Octone, the label where he served as president and CEO for 13 years, had just sold its 50% share to…

  16. Metal Band Five Finger Death Punch’s Master Plan to Catapult From Club Gigs to Arena Tours

    December 09, 2014 1:30 PM EST How Five Finger Death Punch graduated from clubs to arenas and doubled its gross. Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) doesn’t have the name recognition of a band like Foo Fighters , but that may be about to change. An unusual united strategic marketing effort by the group’s management, label,…

  17. PRhyme Announces North American Tour; Royce Da 5'9" Talks 'Shady XV' Album

    December 09, 2014 1:18 PM EST Slaughterhouse is 'about 60 to 70 percent done' with the follow-up to 2012's 'Welcome to Our House.' Royce da 5'9" says he and DJ Premier do not consider their new collaboration PRhyme -- which released its self-titled debut album this week -- to be a side…

  18. The Year in Gospel: Lecrae Dominates, Christian Rap/Hip-Hop Policy Revised

    December 09, 2014 1:01 PM EST Jamie Grace 's long-running hit single "Beautiful Day" finishes 2014 as the year's No. 1 Hot Gospel Song . That chart-topping finish was encouraged by its handsome 20-week run at No. 1 atop the weekly multi-metric Hot Gospel Songs chart. (For good measure, the song…

  19. Album Review: Ghostface Killah Follows Up Wu-Tang Clan's Reunion Album With Solo Concept LP '36 Seasons'

    December 09, 2014 1:00 PM EST After 20 years of rapping, there are few things the Wu-Tang Clan hasn't been able to do -- except get along. In 2007, ahead of the release of its fifth LP, 8 Diagrams , group members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon trashed the album publicly, blaming its poor quality on the direction of…

  20. Album Review: Billy Corgan Pushes The Smashing Pumpkins' Parameters With 'Monuments To An Elegy'

    December 09, 2014 12:45 PM EST Billy Corgan is nothing if not ambitious. For the past five years, the '90s foremost alt-progger has devoted his output with The Smashing Pumpkins to the cause of an ongoing album series titled, in typical Pumpkin-ese, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope . To date, the umbrella project has…

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